Headteacher – Lynette Edwards

I love to ensure our pupils receive the best education and care.  I have an amazing team who, without exception, work tirelessly together to improve the life chances of our pupils.  I have the highest expectations for every pupil and hope to ensure these expectations are embedded within the pupils themselves.

Darren Singh – Deputy Headteacher

I am fully committed to providing a quality education & ensuring progress is the focus of all learning experiences for Young People with Behavioural, Emotional and Social difficulties. I have chosen this profession because I believe that what young people experience at school has a significant impact on the rest of their lives & that as a school, we can provide them with the necessary tools to make a valuable contribution to the society in which we live. I am proud to be a part of a such a culturally diverse staff & together, we champion equality and diversity to our young people making them more informed & allowing them to make appropriate judgements about people’s culture.

Noreen Cheema – Assistant Headteacher

I am the Sixth form co-ordinator. Post 16 pupils bring new challenges. The reality of college and work develops a new approach from the pupils and I relish working with colleges and work placements to develop the pupils further. I bring a calm approach with lots of nurturing instincts. I would like to think of myself as a motherly figure and love to support my colleagues spiritually and emotionally.

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Dianne Aspinall – Assistant Headteacher – The Gallery

I am the Head of Behaviour and Pastoral Care at Meadowcroft School. I love to see young people develop and mature into well rounded, independent and proud young adults with a positive future ahead of them. I believe that with the ethos at Meadowcroft and the skills of the staff, the school and young people can work together to achieve the best for each individual pupil.

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Dr. Jonathan Middleton (BA Hons, BSc Hons, PGCE, MSC, Doc Ed Psy, AFBPS, C. Psych)

I am a Consultant Educational Psychologist and managing director of Middleton Psychology Ltd.  Previously, I was Principal Educational Psychologist and Assistant Director of Children’s Services in St. Helens.  I work with a number of private providers and Local Authorities and I am a consultant psychologist for Manchester Family Courts.  I have worked as a psychologist for over 20 years and my specialist areas relate to attachment, mental well-being, autism and behaviour.

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Lisa Anderson – Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

I am a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist with a particular interest in Mental health and Autism.

I have high expectations of the children I work with and strive to improve their social communication skills and to improve their verbal and non verbal communication skills.

I am passionate about working with young people and providing therapeutic support in order to improve their social and emotional well being.

I use a holistic child focused model that prioritises the child’s view and needs. Ultimately, I strive to support and empower my students to live happy, fulfilling and rewarding lives.

Carla Edwards

Carla Edwards – Interventions & IAG Co-ordinator

I deliver interventions for students with social and emotional issues and deliver IAG support.

I will always give you a smile.

Jonnie Czternastek – Outdoor Education Teacher

I am the Outdoor Education Leader at Meadowcroft School.  I have a real desire to work with children.  Meadowcroft was my first experience of EBSD and it was a real eye opener,I discovered that I had a real passion for working with children where I felt I could make a real difference in their lives.  Although  it can be incredibly testing at times I believe the small steps of progress that are made outweigh   anything of the achievements made in a mainstream setting.  I bring my sense of humour to work every day and enjoy coaching football to children locally and internationally.

Earl Dawkins – Music Teacher

I teach Music throughout the school at all key stages developing musical skills across all genre of music.
I am enthusiastic about my job and draw on 20 years of experience in the music industry. I bring a good sense of humour and a calm approach to the role and am a good listener.
I would like to bring workshops to the school and develop music further throughout the school.

Emma Pickles

Emma Jane Pickles – Primary Teacher

I enjoy planning and delivering fun and exciting lessons in an active and multi-sensory environment.  I work best when surrounded by a team of child-centred practitioners and this was one of many reasons for coming to work here.  I have a true passion for ensuring that each child’s individual needs are met in order for them to become independent members of society.

Chris Williams

Chris Williams – Land Based Studies Teacher

I teach lots of things including climbing to canoeing, gardening and even keeping pigs!

Last year I cycled to Istanbul.

David Bird

David Bird – Construction & Technology Teacher

When I’m not teaching construction and technology I build and fly RC helicopters.

Janice Pattison

Janice Pattison – Family Liaison Officer – The Gallery

I work at The Gallery with young people who have complex needs.  I enjoy working with children and find it rewarding but it can also be challenging at the same time.

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Kevin McGrath – Home Tutor & Teaching Assistant

I take home education to students who are not in school. I assist teachers in school to give a good standard of education to students. I want to help our students to excel and re-engage in their education to achieve the appropriate qualifications so their future will be brighter. Every day I bring a smile with me to school and share it with everyone I meet and hope to give all a nice welcome. I have experience in most walks of life and can give comfort and advice to ease a person’s problem either in school or out. I encourage them to develop their social and emotional skills.

Stuart Brennan – Teaching Assistant

I support students to access education to achieve the best results possible.  Each day can make a difference to a child’s education and ultimately their lives, therefore providing a consistant and positive environment helps them grow into young adults with the best opportunities available.

Mohammed Ashfaq – Teaching Assistant

I work at The Gallery and i’m a very happy and cheerful person who wants to put smiles on students’ faces.

Sofia Butt

Sofia Butt – Teaching Assistant & Home Education Tutor

I offer guidance and build relationships with students who have behavioural difficulties.  I work to re-engage and reintegrate students back into school.  I am a resilient, humorous and honest person.

Alison Kempson

Alison Kempson – Teaching Assistant

I assist pupils in English lessons, produce resources and support pupils generally.

I love my little dog Finn even though he yaps a lot!

Sam Ballin

Samuel Ballin – Teaching Assistant

I assist in class and during Land Based Studies.  I believe every child matters and deserves a chance to achieve no matter what.

Brenda Phiri

Rutendo Brenda Phiri – Teaching Assistant

I assist the students in lessons and I enjoy reading.

Gemma Cunnane

Gemma Cunnane – Teaching Assistant

I support the students during life skill lessons and I love unicorns!

Maalik Hunter – Teaching Assistant

I assist in the teaching of pupils and I am obsessed with Star Wars!

Sophie Lazenby – Teaching Assistant

I support the students during Maths lessons and also on a 1:1 basis on Home Education.

I am easy to get along with and love to be creative in my work.

Adrian Carr – Teaching Assistant

I assist students with their education.  I enjoy challenges and i’ve played and coached rugby in England and Australia.

 

Tom McGuiness – Teaching Assistant

I am predominantly based at The Gallery and i mainly work with a student on a 2:1 basis.  Outside of work i play West Yorkshire League football.

Stephen Ridsdale – Teaching Assistant

I support the pupils and I have always gained satisfaction from helping others and this gives me a great opportunity to do so.

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Sue Ridge – School Administrator

I am the School Administrator and I deal with all paperwork relating to the school, its staff & pupils. I bring to the school organisation & free hugs. I’m an optimist – Life is what you make it.

Ann Cleasby – Receptionist/Assistant Administrator

I meet and greet all visitors to Meadowcroft and keep the reception running smoothly and help others whenever I can.  I’m always happy to lend a hand or give a cuddle.

Polyanna Smith – Receptionist/Assistant Administrator

I meet and greet all visitors to Meadowcroft and keep the reception running smoothly and help others whenever I can.

Andy Agar – School Chef

Every day I prepare and cook delicious home cooked food for the pupils and staff.  I also enjoy serving the food as this gives me a chance to get to know the pupils and have a positive impact on them.

Craig Lund – Site Supervisor

I am the caretaker at Meadowcroft School and I bring to my job extensive knowledge and experience in repair and maintenance. I am also a keen footballer and socialite.

Michael Antcliff – School Driver

I am the driver at Meadowcroft school and I get to know the pupils in a different way to other staff.  I enjoy talking to the pupils on our journeys and can find their perspectives on life quite fascinating.

Steve Levitt – School Driver/Handyperson

Floyd – School Dog